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Family Archaeology Days

October 16, 2022


Grab a trowel, hop into the trench, and join archaeology professors and students from SUNY Brockport as we uncover the story of a 19th century homestead located at the Nature Center. Did it burn down or collapse? Where was the kitchen? Whose bones and teeth are found in the yard? Help us piece together the story of Frost Town, an abandoned logging settlement founded at the end of the 18th century in the old-growth pine forests of the Onondowagah, or Seneca, people.

At Family Archaeology Days, participants will literally be in the trenches as they learn about the history of Frost Town and the basics of archaeological fieldwork, including:

  • Methods of excavation
  • How to properly clean artifacts
  • Tricks for identifying artifacts

This event is part of a multi-year project that provides public access to Frost Town Archaeology (FTA), a SUNY Brockport archaeology field school site that’s located at the Cumming Nature Center. Students in FTA focus on the Hall Homestead site, a residence built by an early settler of Frost Town. During Family Archaeology Days, visitors have the opportunity to help excavate a less fragile homestead located closer to the Visitor Center, complementing the work being done at the Hall Homestead.

Participants can choose between four 1.5-hour timeslots. Each ticket will give a group of up to 6 people access to a single trench for their timeslot. Participants will check in at the Visitor Center and walk a short distance to the dig site (a bathroom will be available). Please dress to get dirty and bring water to stay hydrated! We’ll supply kneeling pads and various excavation tools. This program is suitable for all ages and is perfect for families, Scouts, and other educational groups.

Purchase Tickets

$20 per group
Each group ticket gives up to 6 people access to one excavation trench for their 1.5 hour timeslot.

Family-friendly event

Sunday, October 16th: 

9:00AM DIG
10:45AM DIG
12:45PM DIG
2:30PM DIG


Cumming Nature Center
6472 Gulick Road
Naples, NY 14512 United States
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